Ankita Mallik '23 will spend six weeks, from June 20 to July 31, as a 2022 Democracy Summer Fellow with her campaign assignment to Congressman Tom Malinowski at his office in Basking Ridge.
Ankita’s participation in this program joins over 60 campaigns of Democratic members of Congress for a summer of education, organizing, and progress. On Mondays and Wednesdays, she will glean a deep understanding of the political process from leaders, organizers, and scholars in the country in a virtual setting. During the rest of the week, she will work directly in-person with Congressman Malinowski’s office for activities such as phone/text banking; canvassing; voter registration and fundraising calls; attending, organizing, and coordinating campaign events or fundraisers; and roundtables, seminars, and networking with local leaders.
“I applied online in March through the Democracy Summer website and became interested because one of my friends had also attended the program,” said Ankita.
“I am looking forward to gaining real experience regarding how a political campaign works. I was also informed that students participating as fellows would receive the opportunity to coordinate and work on their own campaign event ideas,” she added. “I hope to learn a lot about the field of politics, and to learn from Congressman Malinowski by seeing how he helps my community through his work.”
Ankita, who is interested in pursuing a career in political science, would like to participate in politics and law in the future. She believes the Democracy Summer Fellow program will enrich her understanding of this discipline by providing first-hand experience of working in a congressman’s office and seeing the daily activities involved in a campaign.
Ankita is the Vice-President of Junior State of America chapter at Mount Saint Mary Academy. She also competes in events Public Forum Debate and Oral Interpretation on the Speech and Debate Team. Ankita serves as Co-President of Society of Women Engineers at the Mount where she is taking AP Government and Politics and AP United States History.